Winter is here, which means it's time to make your home as warm and comfortable as possible. One great way to do that is by insulating your attic. Adding or replacing the insulation in your attic can prevent cold air from leaking into your home through your roof. It can also prevent warm air from escaping.
That means your furnace won't have to work as hard to get your home to your desired comfortable temperature. Not all insulation is the same, though. Here are three popular types of insulation and how each can benefit your home:
Batts insulation comes in the form large, woven pieces of either fiberglass or cotton. It's usually laid on the floor of your attic, although it can sometimes be stapled to the ceiling. Batts is popular because it's one of the least expensive types of insulation and it's easy to install. However, it does come with some drawbacks. First, it usually can't fill every space.
Because it's so large and chunky, it doesn't fit neatly into every corner, leaving some areas exposed for air to get through. Also, if it goes on the floor, that still leaves a large space in your attic that isn't insulated. If you have vents in your attic, your furnace will still try to heat this area, so the affect of the insulation may be minimal.
Blown in insulation is installed through a hose. An installer cuts a hole in your roof or side of your house and pumps the insulation in until all empty spaces are filled. Blown in insulation can either be fiberglass or cellulose. The cellulose is made from recycled newspaper, while the fiberglass is made from sand. The insulation is usually very fine when it's installed, which means it can be manipulated to fit every corner and crevice. Blown in insulation is so effective because it leaves few areas exposed.
Spray foam is exactly what it sounds like. It's a foam that's sprayed onto your attic's ceiling. Because it's a foam, it can be applied to fill every space. Another great benefit of foam is that it goes on the ceiling and not the floor. That means that cold air will be kept out of your house entirely, rather than just out of your living area.
If you have vents in the attic, having insulation on the ceiling is critical for energy efficiency. Spray foam comes in either open cell or closed cell types. There's a debate as to which one is actually better for insulation, so do your research before committing to one.
For more information, contact an insulation installer in your area. They can explain the various types and recommend a solution that's best for your needs and budget. To learn more, contact a company like Early Times Home Solutions with any questions you have.Share